Boss specific recommendations and strategy:Raid Bosses
Tier 1 (15)
Echo of the elements is simply too strong at the moment, both Earthen rage and Static discharge are unable to compete on single target damage. In reality if you only ever cast Chain lightning and Earthquake, then you could take it. But currently there isn’t a single fight where this is the case and M+ has bosses, so it’s better to lock in Echo of the elements and forget about it.
Raiding: Echo of the elements
Mythic+: Echo of the elements
Tier 2 (25)
Raiding: Elemental blast
Tier 3 (30)
Earth shield is a DPS loss as the amount of healing it does versus the global it takes is terrible. Spirit wolf is way more useful if played correctly. Static charge is good in M+ if your group needs frequent AoE stuns.
Raiding: Spirit wolf
Mythic+: Static Charge
Tier 4 (35)
For raiding you almost always want to pick master of the elements. Storm elemental has some uses and really shines where heavy aoe is needed and the massive loss in single target isn’t a detriment to the raid. For Mythic+, Storm Elemental with the correct legendary is incredibly powerful when playing with an organized group, even after the nerf.
Raiding: master of the elements (unless noted otherwise in boss specific guides)
Mythic+: Storm elemental
Tier 5 (40)
Your raid will want you to pick Wind Rush Totem for most fights since it makes it much easier dealing with heavy movement. However fights where you have the ability to choose something else, Ancestral Guidance can be very powerful if used correctly. When paired with Stormkeeper for AoE and Fae Transfusion on single-target, you can do a lot of healing for the raid. But more about that in the raid boss specific section of this guide.
Nature’s Guardian is a decent defensive that you’ll sadly not have the option of using all too often because of the other talents on this row being far stronger for the raid on most fights.
Mythic+: Ancestral guidance
Tier 6 (45)
Due to our tier-set, this row turns around a little bit.
Without 4-set, Icefury for single target will still be the play. However with 4-set Primal elementalist gains tons of value and should be played in every scenario.
The added benefit of Primal Elementalist being the talent of choice is that it makes the rotation far easier to perform than with Icefury.
Mythic+: Primal Elementalist
Tier 7 (50)
Stormkeeper is still the best talent in this row in basically every scenario. However, with 4-set and proper stats, Ascendance wins out in sims for a single-target fight with favorable duration, and does very well when combined with Deeply Rooted Elements on 2-4 targets.